The Cliff Ravenscraft Show | Take Your Message, Your Business and Your Life To The Next Level
Summary: Are you ready to take your message, your business and your life to the next level? Want to learn from someone with more than a decade of experience, training tens of thousands of people from all around the world? This podcast will help you change your belief about who you are and what you are able to achieve in this world. It will help you rediscover your ability to dream big dreams. It will help you discover and break free from the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from living the life that you were created for. Cliff has personally helped thousands of people launch extremely successful podcasts and businesses built around those podcasts. Among his clients are Pat Flynn, Michael Hyatt, John Lee Dumas, Michael Stelzner, Amy Porterfield, Dan Miller, and so many more. #SubscribeToday
Why My Show Has Been Posting Late I start this episode by answering the #1 question that I've been asked over the past 24 hours. Whenever I don't get my Podcast Answer Man episode posted online by Friday afternoon, I get a lot of emails and notes vial social networks asking if there was a reason why I had not posted an episode of Podcast Answer Man for the week. I only briefly share the details of what has changed in my my podcast publishing podcast. If you are starting to find that the processing and publishing of your podcast episodes are keeping you from the joy of actually "creating the content," it may be time to consider delegating the processing part to someone else. I suggest that you check out my Virtual Assistant Podcast at http://VirtualAssistantPodcast.com for more helpful information in this area. How Many Libsyn Accounts Do I Need? Once you get the "podcasting bug," it may not be long before you find yourself with a desire to launch a second, or even third, new podcast. If you follow my advice of using Libsyn as your media hosting solution, you may find yourself wondering if you need to create a new Libsyn account for each new show or if you can actually use a single account for multiple shows. I provide the answer to this question in this episode. Nominations Open for the 7th Annual Podcast Awards I'm very excited to announce that Podcast Answer Man is a proud sponsor of the 7th Annual Podcast Awards at http://PodcastAwards.com. In this episode, I share some of my thoughts on how the Podcast Awards work. If you would like to nominate some of my podcasts, CLICK HERE for my category recommendations. Dynamic Vs Condenser Microphones I recently released my FREE TUTORIAL at http://LearnHowToPodcast.com. In video #3 of that tutorial, I talk about equipment options and share my thoughts about condenser microphones. I've received a lot of feedback as a result of the statements I made. Some have asked if they should rid of their condenser microphones that they already have and others have share what they have done to help reduce the amount of background noise. I'm not opposed to folks using a condenser microphone, if they have already invested in one. In this episode, I receive a call from Craig who shares what he has done with a cardboard box and t-shirts to help reduce the echo from his condenser microphone. I also share a side by side comparison of a dynamic microphone and a condenser microphone and how you can use two pillows and your gain control to get a better sound of a condenser microphone if that is what you have to work with. Katie Davis - Kids Literature Author Podcast Experience I am delighted to share an interview that I did wit Katie Davis, an author of children's books who entered the world of podcasting just over a year ago. In this episode, she shares some the exciting things that she has experienced as a result of doing her Brain Burps About Books podcast. PODCAST CONSULTING: I'm available for one on one podcast consulting and coaching. Whether you want someone to get everything set up for you or you just need a little help along the way, I'd love to work with you. I'm able to work with you using screen sharing technology during our call which makes it just like I was there sitting next to you at the computer. If you are interested, email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. PODCAST VIDEO TUTORIALS: I also have a growing list of video tutorials that I have created based up on the the top things my clients have hired me to help them with. See the full list of tutorials by clicking here. Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast:
Making Yourself Newsworthy In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I am happy to share an interview that I did with Joel Bogges & Pei Kang from http://4PointsCoaching.com. The reason I brought them on the show was to talk about the idea of making yourself newsworthy so that you can leverage the local, traditional, media to spread the word about your brand. Joel has been covered on local television 30 times within the last ten months. He shares how he accomplished this in the episode. Recording System Audio Without A Mixer Wade called in to say that Wire Tap Studio is no longer working with Lion, the latest version of the Mac OS. He wanted to know if I knew of any alternative software that would allow him to use his recording software to capture system audio. I explained that I have only used SoundFlower as a tightly integrated big of functionality built into ScreenFlow. However, I suggested that he check out http://soundflower.en.softonic.com/mac to see if it something might work for him. Either way, I highly suggest going the hardware route, using even an inexpensive audio mixer and a digital audio recorder which would help avoid any issues like this moving forward. I have more information about this sort of setup in my Inside The Studio Equipment Tutorial. SoundByte Audio Cart Software I've often shared that I use SoundByte Audio Cart Software. Several people have asked me which version of the software that I recommend for purchase. My answer is the $39 version. This is the version that I use and it is more than enough for my needs. Playing Audio Clips From TV Shows I had a call from Brian who wanted to know if I had any information on the legal issues involved with using audio clips from television shows. I gave the same answer that I always give when I'm asked about legal questions related to podcasting. That answer is to seek the advice of a lawyer for such information. With a huge warning to follow my example at your own risk, I share how in once case, I took an "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission approach." However, I also followed this up by sharing that I've only taken this approach with one television show that we have done a fan podcast for. FREE Learn How To Podcast Tutorial I spend more than 50 hours in the past seven days creating the online tutorial found at http://LearnHowToPodcast.com. In this episode, I share why I created this tutorial as well as why I made the decision to give it away for free. It is my sincere hope that if you are reading this, that you will consider blogging about http://LearnHowToPodcast.com and sharing links to this free tutorial as often as you desire in the social networks that you use. PODCAST CONSULTING: I'm available for one on one podcast consulting and coaching. Whether you want someone to get everything set up for you or you just need a little help along the way, I'd love to work with you. I'm able to work with you using screen sharing technology during our call which makes it just like I was there sitting next to you at the computer. If you are interested, email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. PODCAST VIDEO TUTORIALS: I also have a growing list of video tutorials that I have created based up on the the top things my clients have hired me to help them with. See the full list of tutorials by clicking here. Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast:
In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share two stories that I hope will inspire those of you who have been sitting on the sidelines, just waiting for the right moment to launch your podcast. Many of you are already familiar with my story of how I started podcasting, as a hobby about something I was passionate about, and where it has led me so far. This episode includes two stories that I am very excited to share. Both Rob and Ian launched their podcasts, as a hobby, about topics they had so much passion for, that it led them to spend countless hours on producing regular content without any monetary gain. Please listen to the full episode to hear where podcasting has taken each of them. Find Ian Westermann's content at EssentialTennis.com. Also in this episode, I mentioned the following: Unusual Benefit of Podcasting? - http://share.gspn.tv/9mv1 When your rss feed is held hostage - http://gspn.tv/rv1 How To Change Your Podcast RSS Feed In iTunes - http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/itunesredirect Is It Possible To Generate Income Directly From Podcasting? - http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/income Finally, I asked if you would be interested in a Blog Broadcast email subscription service where you would be notified, via email, each time I make any new post on my site. I committed that if 15 people were to leave a comment below, stating that they would like such a service to be available, then I would certainly add it. Please let me know in the comments section below if you are interested. PODCAST CONSULTING: I'm available for one on one podcast consulting and coaching. Whether you want someone to get everything set up for you or you just need a little help along the way, I'd love to work with you. I'm able to demonstrate using screen sharing technology during our call which makes it just like I was there sitting next to you at the computer. If you are interested, email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. PODCAST VIDEO TUTORIALS: I also have a growing list of video tutorials that I have created based up on the the top things my clients have hired me to help them with. See the full list of tutorials by clicking here. Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast:
In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I share the following: Check out http://BusinessTechWeekly.com Use http://Repportive.com to connect with your audience Free Podcasting 101 Webinar - http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/pod101 Webinar Bridge Plugin - http://WebinarBridge.com Thoughts on Katie's clipping audio issue. iTunes Ratings - http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/itunesratings PowerPress 2.0.4 Display Settings http://share.gspn.tv/9ZA1 & http://share.gspn.tv/9ZLE The Blog Post that convinced me to raise my rates - http://gspn.tv/65d New Podcasting A to Z video can be seen at http://PodcastingAtoZ.com CHICAGO MEETUP - http://gspn.tv/chicagomeetup PODCAST CONSULTING: I'm available for one on one podcast consulting and coaching. Whether you want someone to get everything set up for you or you just need a little help along the way, I'd love to work with you. I'm able to demonstrate using screen sharing technology during our call which makes it just like I was there sitting next to you at the computer. If you are interested, email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. PODCAST VIDEO TUTORIALS: I also have a growing list of video tutorials that I have created based up on the the top things my clients have hired me to help them with. See the full list of tutorials by clicking here. Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast:
In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I cover the following topics: How to update feed titles within Feedburner. Podcast voicemail options - http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/voicemail I'm speaking at Financial Blogger Conference - http://FinancialBloggerConference.com Chicago Meetup on Friday Sept 30th - http://gspn.tv/chicagomeetup Podcamp Cincinnati Oct 22nd - http://PodcampCincinnati.com Thoughts on ways to podcast for free. Why mp3 artwork previews are not showing in OSX. Check out the new video at http://PodcastingAtoZ.com PODCAST CONSULTING: I'm available for one on one podcast consulting and coaching. Whether you want someone to get everything set up for you or you just need a little help along the way, I'd love to work with you. I'm able to demonstrate using screen sharing technology during our call which makes it just like I was there sitting next to you at the computer. If you are interested, email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. PODCAST VIDEO TUTORIALS: I also have a growing list of video tutorials that I have created based up on the the top things my clients have hired me to help them with. See the full list of tutorials by clicking here. Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast:
Buzzing Noises When Connecting To A Computer - Ground Loop Have you ever had everything set up and working perfectly with your microphone, mixer, and digital audio recorder only to go and bring in either sound clips or a Skype co-host into the mix, via a computer connected to your mixer, and end up with a terribly hum or buzzing sound? Yep, me too! There are many things that can cause this. In some cases, it may be the internal sound card picking up interference from all the other internal components of the computer in question. However, in most cases, it is ground loop noise. There are several articles about ground loop noise out there. I spend at least the first 17 minutes or so explaining how I have dealt with this issue over the years, not just for myself, but also with hundreds of my consulting clients. I am SO EXCITED about a recent discovery made by one of my Podcasting A to Z students, Randy Vandervaate, about a consumer grade product that helps to eliminate most of these issues. Randy had come across a discussion thread on the Apple Support Forums that dealt with a known issue related to this with the iMac. This took him down a path that led him to the Radio Shack Ground Loop Isolator Model 270-054. I contacted my equipment suppliers to see if they had an equivalent item to this. One supplier wrote back and said, "We just don't carry the consumer grade stuff. Only pro." This is why I have never been made aware of this type of item before this week. I suppose these professional radio stations have never tried brining audio from computers into their mixing boards. Seems odd that this has never come up for them. I do a lot of shopping on Amazon, personally, and I did some searching there and found two products that looked similar to what Randy had found, I ordered a few of them, tested them on my system, and they work perfectly! I demo this for you in this episode. 1/8-Inch Stereo Audio Ground Loop Isolator by Pyle - Model PLGI35T (Affiliate Link) This device is nice because it plugs into the 1/8" headphones/speaker jack on your computer, or other audio device, and then you simply plug your 1/8" cable that you would have plugged into the computer into the 1/8" female end of the cable. I am currently using this device plugged into my 27" iMac's speaker output and then I have a cable going from this device into my mixer. It completely eliminated the ground loop noise I had been experiencing when I connected to a Skype call with other USB sound card. (See Photo Below) Raptor GL15 Ground Loop Isolator by Metra (Affiliate Link) This device works just as well as the Pyle device shown above. However, the difference is that this one fits inline with RCA jacks. To give you an idea of how The Raptor GL15 could fit within a setup, the image below shows how I would use this to eliminate the ground loop noise coming from my iPad when it is plugged into it's dock. (See Photo Below) I must admit that I feel silly that I hadn't stumbled across these little gadgets sooner. However, as I mentioned in the episode, I had always seemed to find a way to work out the issue in the past with either external usb sound cards, disconnecting power bricks, or using ground removing plug adapters. I am certain that this episode/post will be referred to a countless number of times moving forward. ID3 Tagging Question Glenn called in to ask my thoughts on the need to include the old version 1 style id3 tags when tagging your .mp3 files for your podcast. I give my thoughts on this issue in the episode and I also mentioned the free video tutorial at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/tagging. Weird Noise Coming From The Heil Microphone Randy submitted an audio file to demonstrate some weird noise that he was hearing whenever he touched his shock mount. I explain what the noise is and even reproduced it exactly on my own setup in the podcast.
Life Show Production In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I had both Wade and Buddy call in to ask about options for doing a live show for their podcast. Bofore going into details about how to accomplish this, I ask them to consider the pitfalls of the live show format. I talked about this topic back in episode 041 of Podcast Answer Man which you can listen to by clicking here. In response to live show production, I mention some of the following resources: http://TalkShoe.com http://BlogTalkRadio.com http://Ustream.tv http://Justin.tv http://Chatango.com http://Chatroll.com http://Mixlr.com New Video Studio Tour I have worked on the redesign of my studio for the past two weeks. I am delighted to announce that the studio is now set up just the way I want it and I have created a video blog post that shows off how everything is set up. To see the video, please check out http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/newstudio Canon Vixia HF G10 Words can hardly describe how excited I am about my new Canon Vixia HF G10 Camcorder. I have been eying this camera for a few months now and finally pulled the trigger on the purchase. The studio tour linked to above was actually shot using the new camera. Though, admitadly, that video was the first out of the box experience recording. I can't wait to find out what else I can do with this camera. If you are interested in checkign out the G10, I do have an affiliate link at http://gspn.tv/g10. Converting AVCHD to h.264 The only thing that kept me from purchasing this camera sooner than I did was knowing how I could pull the .mts files from the camera and making the videowork with my ScreenFlow software. I am so glad I found the Aunsoft MTS Converter for converting Camcorder Video to h.264 - http://l.gspn.tv/qWzu38 So You Want To Sponsor A Podcast Randy owns a travel agency is an independent agent affiliated with a travel agency that specializes in event planning to Walt Disney World. He's looking to sponsor an unofficial podcast devoted to the Disney parks. He asked if I had some thoughts related to what to expect. Podcasting A to Z The next Podcasting A to Z course will start on Monday, September 5th. If you are interested in getting a spot in the Fall Session, please email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. I have a special discounted rate for those who sign up within the next two weeks. For more information about this course, please check out http://PodcastingAtoZ.com. PODCAST CONSULTING: I'm available for one on one podcast consulting and coaching. Whether you want someone to get everything set up for you or you just need a little help along the way, I'd love to work with you. I'm able to demonstrate using screen sharing technology during our call which makes it just like I was there sitting next to you at the computer. If you are interested, email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. PODCAST VIDEO TUTORIALS: I also have a growing list of video tutorials that I have created based up on the the top things my clients have hired me to help them with. See the full list of tutorials by clicking here. Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast:
In this episode of Podcast Answer Man, I am delighted to bring you an interview with Christian Dawson, COO of ServInt Hosting. I have a blog post about my thoughts on hosting for podcasters at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/hosting. I must admit that shared hosting served me well for several years. However, back when I was with GoDaddy, when I did occasionally run into an issue, dealing with support was simply a nightmare. If you think I might possibly be exaggerating, please feel free to read the blog post found at http://gspn.tv/godaddy. I have been an extremely satisfied since February of 2011. Since moving to ServInt, I've not once had a database error and on the one single occasion where my site took about 90 seconds to load, the support department immediately offered to move me to another server with little to zero downtime on my site. Not only that, they offered to schedule such a move for any time that might be more convenient to me. I share the full support ticket transcript in this episode for that call. I do have an affiliate relationship with ServInt Hosting, and if you were to click on my affiliate link before signing up for their services, I do benefit from that. However, this episode is NOT an infomercial for their services. The purpose of this interview is to help you understand what a shared hosting account is, what a VPS (VIrtual Private Server) hosting account is, and what a Dedicated Server Hosting Account is. Here are a few of the questions that I asked in the interview: - What is shared hosting? - On average, how many accounts are run off of one shared hosting server? - What is VPS or a Virtual Private Server? - How does VPS differ from Shared hosting if you are still sharing a server with other accounts? - On average, how many accounts are loaded onto a single ServInt VPS server? - If someone else on the same VPS server I'm on gets coverage on Fox News & it brings down their site, will it also bring down mine? - What kind of Backups do you do perform on my data stored on my ServInt VPS account? - I recommend my clients and the Podcast Answer Man community purchase the Fantastico option when signing up for a ServInt account. How much is that? - What about a client who has a shared hosting account with GoDaddy that is not running CPanel. Is your support department able to do the migration for them as well? - I did notice that my WordPress was wanting me to do manual ftp updates after I moved over to ServInt. Through working with your support department, I found out that I needed to request them to install/run your php as suPHP. Since then, I've told my clients and my community to also request this. Can you explain what the heck this means? - It may seem obvious about what a dedicated server is. However is there anything else that we should know about having a dedicated server that you think we should know about? - In the past, I had always been afraid of the dedicated server option because when I had looked into these in the past, I was told I would have to install my own OS, perform system patches, backups, etc. etc etc. However, do I understand right that your Dedicated server packages are "Managed"? If so, what does that mean exactly? I really hope you find the content of this interview as valuable as I did. PODCAST CONSULTING: I'm available for one on one podcast consulting and coaching. Whether you want someone to get everything set up for you or you just need a little help along the way, I'd love to work with you. I'm able to demonstrate using screen sharing technology during our call which makes it just like I was there sitting next to you at the computer. If you are interested, email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. PODCAST VIDEO TUTORIALS: I also have a growing list of video tutorials that I have created based up on the the top things my clients have hired me to help them with.
This week, I'm delighted by the result of my decision to remove the Podcast Answer Man podcast off my Live Show Thursday Schedule. I felt so much more relaxed as I prepared and shared the content that is contained in this episode. I hope you find something valuable within the episode to help you take your show to the next level. New Show Prep Organization I am moving my show prep away from Google Docs and over to http://Wunderlist.com. In the episode, I share the various reasons why I have made this decision. Should you decide to give Wunderlist a go for organizing the topics that you cover in your show, I would love to hear about it in the comments section below. FeedBurner Original Feed Question Brian called in to say that he's learned a lot of things by trial and error and actually plans to restart his podcasting efforts from scratch with a fresh reboot. This time around, he's going to be using FeedBurner and he wants to know which feed he should use for his "original feed." I answer that question in this episode. AWeber Update A few weeks ago, I did a blog post at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/aweber. In it, I mentioned that I was moving away from MailChimp and over to Aweber for my email mailing list. In this episode, I share why I am glad that I went through all the hard work and how it has immediately paid off with my recently sent email messages. JewelBeat Update In episode 215 of Podcast Answer Man, I shared a relatively new service that allows you to purchase royalty free music that you can use in your media products where you only pay 99 cents per song. Since then, I've received a lot of positive feedback related to the service and in this episode, Steve called in to share his review of the service. Have a look at http://JewelBeat.com and let me know your thoughts about what you find in the comments section below. Songify iPhone App Chances are you have seen YouTube videos or media coverage of some sort of the Auto Tuning The News. It's where you take normal speech and set it to music and use software to change the pitch of your voice to match the music, almost as if the speech was actually being song, in tune, with the music playing. In this episode, I share what it would sound like if you did this with the words that I use to open each new episode of Podcast Answer Man. You can get the Songify iPhone app, for free, by clicking here. I Ordered A Roku XDS Streaming Media Player I just recently purchased an XDS Roku box from Amazon. If you are intersted in getting one of these for yourself, click here for my affiliate link. In the episode, I share some of my reasoning for purchasing this streaming media player. I am expecting to receive it on Friday and play around with it this weekend. I'll let you guys know what I think after I have had some time to figure it out. If you have a Roku player, please tell me what you like most about it in the comments section below. Other Topics Addressed Richard called in to share some additional thoughts on setting audio levels. Hank from DaddyLife.net called in to say thanks for the inspiration. If you are interested in a September Podcasting A to Z course, please email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. PODCAST CONSULTING: I'm available for one on one podcast consulting and coaching. Whether you want someone to get everything set up for you or you just need a little help along the way, I'd love to work with you. I'm able to demonstrate using screen sharing technology during our call which makes it just like I was there sitting next to you at the computer. If you are interested, email me at Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com. Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast:
Removing Podcast Answer Man From Live Show Format Once Again It seems that I keep going back and forth on this topic. The main benefit, to me, of having Podcast Answer Man on the live show format has been that the episode is scheduled and a live audience brings a level of accountability to actually get this show recorded at its scheduled time. However, in this episode, I share that I have made the decision to pull this podcast off of my live show schedule once again. Rather than announcing my decision, I share my thought process on the pros and cons of removing this podcast from the live show schedule. Pros A more polished show each week Ability to record in segments without pressure of live audience. Better Show Notes For Each Episode. This should NOT be underestimated! I don’t actively engage with the audio during PAM. Less distractions during the recording of the show. Cons Many people enjoy listening to PAM live on Thursdays Having the show scheduled kept me consistent with timely, weekly release. I’m very happy with my ultimate decision and I will work hard to find a new scheduled time to record Podcast Answer Man and will simply need to focus on my efforts of self discipline to stick to that schedule. My Very Initial Reaction to Mixlr.com I returned from an 11 day trip with my family earlier this week. Just before I left, I heard about a new service called Mixlr. Their site says that Mixlr makes it easy to broadcast high-quality live audio to the web, Facebook, social networks and mobile devices. Just download our free broadcasting app, and broadcast live instantly. Mixlr is perfect for bands, live acts, DJs, conference organisers, journalists, podcasters and many more besides. I actually decided to give this service a try for my Live Show Thursday, trying to set it up just before I hit record for this episode. I was experiencing issues with very slow load times of starting up the broadcasting software on my Mac Mini and it seemed to cause me to lose connection with my Ustream Server each time it finally got started. I then tried it on my 27” iMac and was able to get it to load. However, I was still experiencing an issue where the audio from the embedded widget on my page would not play the audio. During the episode, I was initially critical of the audio quality of the service. However, by the end of my initial review, I found that you can, in fact, get CD quality audio from the service as a paid subscriber. This seems to be a relatively new service. It’s one that certainly fills a need. I hope to investigate further. The folks at Mixlr did reach out to me after today’s live show to see if we can work out some of the issues that I’ve experienced. I will share an update on my thoughts on this service as I get a chance to investigate further. Shout out to my friend Pat Flynn from SmartPassiveIncome.com My good friend, Pat Flynn, had two amazing blog posts this week that I think listeners to the Podcast Answer Man audience would benefit from reading. The first post is titled “The Dark Side of Successful Blogging.” I would add “& Podcasting” at the end of the title and tell you that it is 100% applicable to podcasters as well. Here’s a link to the original post: http://goo.gl/3enW3 Here are some of the points that are discussed: A ton of email. JV Offers. Pressure to consistently produce top quality content. Responsibility with what you recommend. The Microscope Effect. Copycats and content stealers. Trolls. Non-Believers. I go through the list above and share some my own thoughts on each of these potential cons of finding great success with your blog/podcast. However, I also share how some of them can both be a drawback and a benefit at the same time. As mentioned in the episode, Pat’s blog post about Amazon Affiliates is great as well. Here’s the link: http://goo.gl/3QWUN New Podcast Spotlight This week,
This episode is a bit shorter than normal due to the fact that I am currently out of town for days on a trip with my family. We left on Friday, June 24th and stopped in Nashville, TN where I will help my friend, Dan Miller, hook up some new podcasting gear that he has purchased for his podcasting studio. We then traveled to Orlando Florida where our family has spent several days visiting Disney World and Universal Studios theme parks. On Thursday, which should be the day that this episode goes live, we will head toward North Carolina to visit the Biltmore Estate and will wrap up our trip by spending the Fourth of July weekend in the Smokey Mountains. It’s hard for someone like me to leave my business for ten days. I have already had many people tell me that this is a well deserved trip with all the hard work that I've been doing lately. I know that my wife and kids certainly deserve my time, energy and attention that they are getting from me. So I hope you don’t mind this very short episode that I prepared ahead of time for you. In this episode I discuss the following: Dean’s Ebook Sale Experience Andy’s Edirol Audio Level Question Taking Your Show To The Next Level. Steve’s feedback regarding JewelBeat A reminder about my Podcasting A to Z Course Podcasting A to Z Update: The following is a list of examples of what previous Podcasting A to Z participants have accomplished as the result of going through this five weeks of training. Please note that the web design is a work in progress for many of the students who just completed the May course. Joel Boggess' 11th Episode - http://goo.gl/o8fPn Paul Nolan's 1st Episode - http://goo.gl/tWRM9 Glen Steinson's 1st Episode- http://goo.gl/9Z38n Stacy Westfall's 6th Episode - http://goo.gl/lH8wS David & Paula Foster's 60th Episode - http://goo.gl/iczKW Ian Westfield's 1st Episode - http://goo.gl/Nk9N5 Steve Vale's 1st Episode - http://goo.gl/c2E8O Anne Reinhardt's 3rd Episode - http://goo.gl/FsJLQ If you, or someone you know, is looking to successfully launch a podcast, I hope you will consider joining my next Podcasting A to Z online training course that will start Monday, July 11th. Please check out http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/atoz which contains full details of this course. I'm offering everyone that is on my mailing list a $99 discount on the cost of the course. That brings the cost of the five week course to $800. To take advantage of this discount, please sign up for my mailing list at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/mailinglist. Once you have received the confirmation that you have been added tot he mailing list, send me an email to Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com and I will respond with a discount code that you can use. PODCAST CONSULTING: I'm available for one on one podcast consulting and coaching. Whether you want someone to get everything set up for you or you just need a little help along the way, I'd love to work with you. I'm able to demonstrate using screen sharing technology during our call which makes it just like I was there sitting next to you at the computer. If you are interested, email me at Cliff@Ravenscraft.org or call me at 859-757-1399. Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast:
Will Someone Really Listen To 500 Episodes of Your Podcast? I recently recorded the 500th episode of my Pursuing A Balanced Life Podcast. Wondering if anyone had listened to all five hundred episode, I asked those who had listened to every episode to please let me know. To my surprise, four people contacted me to let me know that they have, indeed, listened to every episode. I include the audio feedback that I received from Maggie Mack, Anne-Sophie Reinhardt, and Wayne Henderson. My great friend, Richard Emblem, wrote me an email to share that he has listened to every episode as well. While not everyone has listened to all 500 episodes, there are a few hundred people who have listened to more than half of the content that I put out in the Pursuing A Balanced Life Podcast. In this episode, I share my thoughts on why I feel so many people have taken such an interest in a podcast that is very general in nature and has the least amount of production value. Griffin iMic USB Sound Card Question: Jason Pyles recently purchased Podcast Answer Man Package #5 from my equipment page. He had a question about hooking up two different Griffin iMic USB Sound Cards to his Mac computer. He wants to know how he can selectively choose which sound card each software program will use. I explain the question in more detail in the episode as well as give my answer of how to accomplish this. Thoughts On Recording Into An IPod With iRig Mic Bill called in to ask if I had any experience with the IK Multimedia iRig microphone for recording audio into an iPod Touch. Of course I share my thoughts on recording into software in general and ask if anyone out there has some experience with this mic to please leave some feedback in the comments section to this post. Blog Post About My Switch From MailChimp To AWeber I mentioned that I was switching my mailing list provider from MailChimp to AWeber in episode 215 of Podcast Answer Man. Many people have been asking me why I am going through all the trouble to make this change. Some folks are also wondering why I feel that my mailing list is so important. I actually spent a few hours writing a blog post about this topic. If you are interested, you can read the post at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/aweber. Podcasting A to Z Update: Earlier this year, I had a bold dream to create an online coaching course where I would take twenty students and, over the course of five weeks, teach them all how to podcast from scratch. That dream became a reality and showed me just how effective the online group coaching environment can be. Word is spreading about the impact this course has had on the students that have already participated and I'm happy to announce that I have already filled the first four spots for my next Podcasting A to Z course which will begin on Monday, July 11th. I know that many of you have expressed interest in participating in my July course and I'm excited to announce two things that may be of interest to you. First, I'm going to allow up to thirty students to participate this time around. This will be a tremendous benefit to those who will participate in this class as there will be ten more people who are going to be asking questions that you may not have thought to ask yourself. You will benefit from all those additional questions and answers. Second, I'm offering everyone that is on my mailing list a $99 discount on the cost of the course. That brings the cost of the five week course to $800. To take advantage of this discount, please sign up for my mailing list at http://PodcastAnswerMan.com/mailinglist. Once you have received the confirmation that you have been added to the mailing list, send me an email to Cliff@PodcastAnswerMan.com and I will respond with a discount code that you can use. Dan Miller, of http://48days.com, is going to be promoting the July A to Z course to his community starting next week.
Music for your podcast for only 99 cents? This episode started off by me asking if JewelBeat.com is too good to be true? They claim that you get royalty free music for only 99 cents per download. This low cost purchase gives you full access to use the music in any of your media productions. If you decide to check out what they have to offer, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments section below. Financial Blogger Conference In The Fall - Chicago Meetup I’m going to be speaking at The Financial Blogger Conference in Chicago. The conference will be held on October 1st & 2nd. Pat Flynn, of SmartPassiveIncome.com and I will be hosting a Meetup on Friday, September 30th. I’ll provide more details as we finalize them. Plan Your First Community Meetup! Have you ever considered hosting a community meetup, where you would invite the members of your blog/podcast audience to have a chance to meet each other face to face? If not, you should consider it. Here are a few interesting links to check out related to community meetups: - gspn.tv Lost Finale Party - http://goo.gl/j3vU6 - NYC Meetup - http://gspn.tv/nyc2011/ - gspn.tv Summer Meetup - http://goo.gl/Nln3c - gspn.tv Community Cruise 2013 - http://goo.gl/HTz0h Changing from MailChimp to AWeber I’m switching my mailing lists over to AWeber! I’ve been using MailChimp for my email newsletter for quite some time. However, there is a great deal of additional functionality built into AWeber that I discuss in this podcast episode. Beyond the better auto-responders, opt-in forms, and other advanced features, I am very delighted that AWeber also has an affiliate program. If you sign up using my affiliate link, I earn a commission, which is a nice added bonus. Taking Live Calls With Skype Corey called in a question about putting call ins on a queue during a live show. Also, he mentioned that he tends to get an echo when he connects more than one Skype caller in a conference when using his Mac. As for queuing up callers, I recommend dialing into a conference calling service that has this feature built in. You call the conference bridge and give out the number to your callers. Most of these services have a moderation panel for you to mute and unmute people as you go along. In the episode, I share how I personally take live callers during my show when I want to bring them in via Skype. As for the Skype echo on a Mac, I have not run into this before and it would appear to be a unique issue that Corey is having. If unable to resolve it, he could bring in a second computer with Skype into the mixer. Can You Create A Podcast Using GoToMeeting? Randy called to ask if someone could use their GoToMeeting subscription to record a podcast with as many as eight people in it. I give my answer in the podcast. Why Do You Promote Both A Web Host And Media Host? Ed called in to ask why I promote both a web host, like BlueHost or ServInt, as well as a media host like Libsyn. I have a video that explains this at http://podcastanswerman.com/podcasting101. Podcasting A to Z Course Update: I am excited to announce that spots for the next Podcasting A to Z Online Training Course are starting to fill. As of the recording of this episode, we have 6 spots already filled and I have 10 people who are currently pending their final decision to join the the class. The good news is that I am taking on 30 students this time around. So if you are interested, we still have room for you. Look At What Anne-Sophie Reinhardt Was Able To Accomplish! I’d like to share another inspirational story with you. Anne-Sophie Reinhardt took my May Podcasting A to Z class. During the class, she had a lot of things happening in her life. However, after the class had already been completed, she dug into the course materials and had launched her own website and has successfully released her first podcast episode at http://myintercontinentallife.com.
I started this episode off by sharing something that has been on my mind as the result of watching the The Voice. The idea of simply making a point to really enjoy yourself behind the microphone. Too many people forget to just let go and let your passion lead you. Attitudes are contagious and you want to invite your audience to have a great time listening to your show. It’s hard to invite your audience to join you in the fun if you are not having fun yourself. I shared that there has been a lot going on here at the PodcastAnswerMan.com site since last week’s audio podcast episode number 211. I posted the video of my BlogWorld NYC session. I share my thoughts on how I feel about releasing this as an hour long video episode of Podcast Answer Man. I posted the video interview that I did with Rick Calvert, CEO of BlogWorld: http://podcastanswerman.com/rickcalvert. I hope that podcasters will pay close attention to the things that Rick shared. I would love to see a ton of podcasters at BlogWorld LA. Note: Zen Runner called in some amazing times for shooting a single camera interview. I shared a very long blog post titled “First Client to get Pi$$ed Off Since I’ve Started Consulting/Coaching.” I would love it if you would be willing to go to that blog post and please leave a comment about whether or not you listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos, or read blogs. And if you could please let Marcus know your age, or appox age, I am trying to convince him that the average listener to our podcast is not 35 and younger. Shawn Roberts is having issues with iTunes descriptions showing code on some of his episodes. I think it may be a plugin issue. John Wilkerson asked about some of my thoughts on following people on Twitter when using an accout setup for the promotion of your podcast. I was very happy to include my interview with Farnoosh Brock from ProlificLiving.com. I hope that you are inspired by her story of leaving her successful, full-time career in IT to pursue her own passion through self-employment. She has a great deal of valuable insights that I think many people need to hear about not turning your blog/podcast into a business, but as a tool for building relationships around it. I highly recommend that you follow Farnoosh and see where her journey takes her. I follower her on Twitter via @ProlificLiving. PODCAST CONSULTING: I'm available for one on one podcast consulting and coaching. Whether you want someone to get everything set up for you or you just need a little help along the way, I'd love to work with you. I'm able to demonstrate using screen sharing technology during our call which makes it just like I was there sitting next to you at the computer. If you are interested, email me at Cliff@Ravenscraft.org or call me at 859-757-1399. Subscribe To The Podcast Answer Man Podcast:
Hey folks, I was happy to get a chance to interview Rick Calvert who is the CEO and Co-Founder of BlogWorld & New Media Expo. The interview runs about 12 minutes and includes great information regarding how BlogWorld got started, how the Podcast & New Media Expo got rolled into BlogWorld, and why BlogWorld left Las Vegas. Most important is the information related to the future focus on podcasting at BlogWorld. Have a look at this video and see the list of highlights I have posted below. Topics that I thought were important enough to highlight: 00:00:10 Rick's response to my session. 00:00:33 How long ago did BlogWold get started? 00:00:53 Rick's prior expo experience 00:01:30 Was the show always in Vegas until this year? 00:01:35 New Media / Podcasting is important enough fir the big stage. 00:02:04 Now the conference is in NYC & LA each year. Why? 00:03:38 Is BlogWorld coming back to NYC again next year? 00:03:51 Does BlogWorld Expo get you full access to BookWorld Expo in NYC? 00:04:28 How did Podcast/New Media Expo get rolled into BlogWorld Expo? 00:06:40 I don't understand why more Podcasters aren't blogging, using YouTube, etc. 00:06:48 Why do you think Podcasters should come to BlogWorld LA? 00:07:16 There is a segment of the Podcast Community that feel like they are different from bloggers. 00:09:16 More sessions devoted to the "Art" of content creation coming to BlogWorld! 00:09:23 We are going to have a massive amount of content in LA For Podcasters. 00:09:36 We made a mistake by changing the name of the track to The Digital Broadcasting Track last year. 00:10:16 By all of us coming together, it raises the profile for all of us in New Media. It creates more opportunities for all of us. 00:10:34 Podcasters are welcome to Email Rick at Rick@BlogWorldExpo.com, they can send Rick a message on Twitter using @BlogWorld, and they can even call him at 858-309-4747 ext. 102. Tell him what you want as a podcaster, and he will do it!